May 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


George Perry Graham



Under the late Government, and before I was a member of it, I was taken to Toronto to be shown what the Government was doing there. It must be remembered by hon. gentlemen who do not know the great city of Toronto that the harbour is protected by an island which forms a natural bay or harbour. The difficulty has been with what are known as the eastern and western gaps, which are entrances to the harbour. The late Government spent a large amount of money in building breakwaters to prevent the island shore beiing washed away, and also a large amount in completing the eastern and western gaps. The entrances to the harbour are now in good condition, but it must be admitted that for years Toronto harbour was not looked after either by the city or by anybody else, and it has been notorious

among shipping men for having perhaps the poorest loading and unloading facilities of any harbour in the Dominion. Outside of the traffic to which the hon. member for Toronto has referred, Toronto is a great distributing centre for all the freight that comes by water, and that will come more and more from that whole inland country of Ontario as the harbour facilities are developed. I am strongly in favour of this vote, and I would suggest to the minister that we pass this Toronto item and then adjourn.
Progress reported
On motipn of Mr. Rogers, the House adjourned at 11.35 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 1916.

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